3D printed guitar composed of suspended polycarbonate "tendons" by Derek Manson. As a musician my first question would have been about the tone of the instrument using these new materials. Derek's already thought of that...the main body is made from polycarbonate polymer & the central core is CNC machined wood which still allows for excellent tonal properties. The fully functional 3D printed flute was exceptionally cool but this is a wonderfully artistic application of the technology to one of the most beloved instruments of our time. Reminds me of a 3D version of Eddie Van Halen's "Frankenstein" guitar!
During my time at Shapeways, Friday Finds has been one of my favorite parts of each week. Taking a little time to stop, clear away the rush of the day, and concentrate on the beautiful, weird wild creativity of the community. Your skill and ingenuity is taking 3d printing to the next level, and I've loved having a front row seat.
So without further ado, here are a few choice pickings from this week in the Shapeways community:
As the Shapeways community has grown we have been getting together to talk 3D printing, check out each other's designs, play with new 3D printed materials, share tips on 3D modeling and best practices for Shapeways shops. We have hosted Meetups in NYC, Eindhoven, Sydney, Melbourne, Munich, London and Amsterdam but now we have made it easier for the community to host Shapeways Meetups Everywhere...
These amazing task based grippers & crawlers are relatively easy to build compared to their cyborg mechanical counterparts.
Using a 3-D printer to make a mold & selecting materials with the right mechanical properties, it should be possible to make devices in a wide range of sizes. The gripper, a small six-pointed star, is made of two types of rubber, one softer and more extensible than the other. Air or fluid is pumped into microchannels in the device through a small tube, the softer rubber extends more and introduces curvature. Properly choreographed, this is translated into a functionally working activity. Researchers in George Whitesideslab at Harvard University, showed off a soft rubber gripper picking up an uncooked egg and an anesthetized mouse without damaging them.
This first ever Minneapolis Shapeways meetup will be a gathering of
creative 3D artists and interested folks, showing awesome 3D prints and
chatting about 3D printing and Shapeways thanks to Shapeways community member Denali3dDesign aka Marcus Ritland.
At the meeting, we'll be showing 3D prints and chatting about how
small businesses can profit by leveraging this powerful technology only
recently made available to individuals and small businesses.
be discussing many topics like Product Design, Small Business
Marketing, Creative Thinking, Entrepreneurs, Prototyping, and
Bring yourself, your friends, your 3D prints and meet others interested in 3D printing.
3D Printed in sterling silver the Earth Tree Pendant is simply beautiful. Make every day Earth Day when you wear this pendant in the shape of a tree, with some of the roots creating a
garland around it. It stand on a surface or be hung
in a necklace.
As always everyone is welcome to come along, bring a friend, bring your 3D prints and meet others who are interested in talking 3D printing. We will have a heap of models with us also and you might even get a sneak peek of the new colors we are about to release, maybe
To make room for the fresh new colors we are introducing to Shapeways we are going to be retiring the less popular colors currently available for your 3D prints. As of April the 4th we will stop taking orders for Winter Red, Dark Grey and Indigo and introducing a palette beautiful new colors.
We are super excited to be introducing the new colors as part of our efforts to help you make beautiful products but wanted to make sure you have a last chance to order any prints in the existing colors before we make the change and launch new colors on April 4th at 12:00 noon EST.
The colors we introduce on Wednesday April the 4th will be for a trial period, then if they prove popular we will add them to our Black Strong & Flexible as permanent colors.
Get ready for some fresh new colors that will make your 3D prints POP......
This April, we'll be joining other thought leaders to discuss 3D printing, digital in industrial design and design for manufacturability at the DFM Inaugural Summit. Our CEO Peter Weijmarshausen will be giving the keynote, and Duann Scott with be on a panel discussing the democratization of product development.
Early bird tickets are now available! The event will be help on Thursday, April 26, at Dumbo Spot in Brooklyn.
Arthur Young-Spivey, Caitlin Morris, Lisa Marks and Alvaro Soto introduced the context and concepts of 3D printing along with a beginners tutorial in 3D modeling for 3D printing in Rhino. The group ranged from artists, architects, jewelers and designers all interested in making their ideas a reality with 3D printing. If you are interested in running a design for 3D printing class in your area get in touch with us and we may be able to help spread the word. Any schools interested in getting access to 3D printing should subscribe to our 3D printing educational program.
We had a great turnout at our very first Lab Day in NYC where Shapeways users had a chance to visit the office, talk to Shapeways team members and have a sneak peek at some materials we have been experimenting with.
It was great to meet with some of the community members and talk to them about their ideas, how to bring them to life and document.
Keep an eye on the blog as we will have more of these events in the near future such as the upcoming Meetups in Utrecht Friday March 30th, London on April 25th and New York March 28th.
If there is something specific you would like to see at these events or if you would like us to help you host a Meetup in your area, please let us know.
Our Director of Industrial Engineering Kegan Fisher (@keganfisher) shares the exciting news about opening up our NY Distribution Center:
Just over one year ago we jumped the pond, set up an IKEA delivery, and opened the doors to our NY office.
Since then we have strengthened our team, bought some plants, killed some plants, eaten Curry Hill, pulled more then a few all nighters, and started a monthly Meetup with the goal of building a community that shared the dream of democratized manufacturing.
This week we took this one step further, and officially opened DCNY -- our first official Distribution Center in NY, Long Island City to be precise. This is the first step toward opening up a Factory of the Future in NYC.
What does this mean? US orders will be shipped from NYC, and production will start soon as well. We are on the path to shorter lead times, greater transparency, and lower costs all around. I know you've been asking for additional shipping methods since I started, and this is the first step towards making it happen. Living in the digital world, it's easy to forget that the physical does not move as quickly, and trust me when I say, I am as impatient as all of you.
We have built a distribution center that holds no inventory. Everything goes in and out same day, every SKU is unique, and we are constantly astounded by the products that pass from machine to package.
Over this last year, I've watched Shapeways evolve in some breathtaking ways. From a team of 6 to now 25 in NY, a total of near 50 between our two offices, and a global network of shop owners, designers, and distributed local communities, Shapeways has flourished (to say the least). I've been able to watch our platform become a force in people's lives in all sorts of amazing ways.
So it's with more than a little sadness that I share that I'm wrapping up my time here over the next few weeks. I'll be taking on a new challenge and tapping into another passion of mine, leading community efforts in the world of open source software development at Nodejitsu. Without a doubt, saying goodbye to the Shapeways community is incredibly hard. You guys are a tribute to what happens when a powerhouse of creativity is married with good people who are looking to help each other out. The goodwill and the generosity I've seen amongst this group has been eye opening. More than any community in the world, you all are pioneering 3D printing beyond flashy, cool tech and into something that matters in our lives. You all made me feel at home and I can't understate what a positive impact you've had on my life and my career.